Graduation Date

Summer 2022

Document Type

Project

Program

Master of Arts degree with a major in English, emphasis in Applied English Studies

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Janelle Adsit

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Andrea Delgado

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

English

Abstract

This project develops a reading strategy through mapping, using David Mitchell's 2014 novel The Bone Clocks as a primary text. Through the methods of critical cartography and counter-mapping, this research insists that by making maps that counter the dominant narrative, readers can disrupt the author’s perspective and craft new interpretations that highlight their own experiences. Critical cartography, the reflexive how and why maps are made and used, is all about the awareness of the power dynamics and colonial influences involved in traditional map-making. Choosing to map against dominant power structures is called counter-mapping. To apply these theories to literature, then, is to interrogate existing worldviews provided by the author. Counter-mapping empowers readers to create new meanings within a text and to work with other readers to share ideas and experiences that de-center the author’s single perspective. The activity of mapping events, characters, locations and material conditions found in novels encourages self-reflection, challenges perspectives of power, and develops new ways of using existing digital platforms. This research offers a new approach to navigate literary criticism in a changing world and offers a way for readers to locate themselves on the map, better understand their own personal narrative, and practice critical cartography.

Citation Style

MLA

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